Shen High School student Logan Kelly serves as judge during a mock trial in the Capital Region BOCES Criminal Justice class. More info…

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Criminal Justice students put their knowledge on trial

Students in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Criminal Justice program practiced all aspects of a criminal case during a recent project that had them executing a mock fight, mock arrest, mock booking and yes, mock trial.

Adrienne Rickson’s Criminal Justice juniors and seniors took part in the project using a combination of information gleaned from a presentation earlier in the month by Albany Police Officer Joe Aquaviva and their own work and studies.

On Friday, the students conducted the trial with – in the junior class – Ganon Riordon of Niskayuna serving as the prosecutor, James Gregoire of Cohoes, the victim, Cole Cepiel of Cohoes serving as the defense attorney, Austin Matson of Niskayuna, the defendant and Logan Kelly of Shenendehowa overseeing the case as the judge. Other students in the class served various roles, from jurors to witnesses.

Criminal Justice students put their knowledge on trial  ALBANY -- Students in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Criminal Justice program practiced all aspects of a criminal case during a recent project that had them executing a mock fight, mock arrest, mock booking and yes, mock trial.  Adrienne Rickson’s Criminal Justice juniors and seniors took part in the project using a combination of information gleaned from a presentation earlier in the month by Albany Police Officer Joe Aquaviva and their own work and studies.  On Friday, the students conducted the trial with – in the junior class - Ganon Riordon of Niskayuna serving as the prosecutor, James Gregoire of Cohoes, the victim, Cole Cepiel of Cohoes serving as the defense attorney, Austin Matson of Niskayuna, the defendant and Logan Kelly of Shenendehowa overseeing the case as the judge. Other students in the class served various roles, from jurors to witnesses.    “It was fun to role play and learn about the various parts of what goes into an arrest and a trial,” said Gregoire.  “It’s a fun way to learn,” added Cepiel.  Rickson said the project helps students – some of whom have never been to a trial or seen a trial even on television – put all the concepts of the criminal justice system together Criminal Justice students put their knowledge on trial  ALBANY -- Students in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Criminal Justice program practiced all aspects of a criminal case during a recent project that had them executing a mock fight, mock arrest, mock booking and yes, mock trial.  Adrienne Rickson’s Criminal Justice juniors and seniors took part in the project using a combination of information gleaned from a presentation earlier in the month by Albany Police Officer Joe Aquaviva and their own work and studies.  On Friday, the students conducted the trial with – in the junior class - Ganon Riordon of Niskayuna serving as the prosecutor, James Gregoire of Cohoes, the victim, Cole Cepiel of Cohoes serving as the defense attorney, Austin Matson of Niskayuna, the defendant and Logan Kelly of Shenendehowa overseeing the case as the judge. Other students in the class served various roles, from jurors to witnesses.    “It was fun to role play and learn about the various parts of what goes into an arrest and a trial,” said Gregoire.  “It’s a fun way to learn,” added Cepiel.  Rickson said the project helps students – some of whom have never been to a trial or seen a trial even on television – put all the concepts of the criminal justice system together Criminal Justice students put their knowledge on trial  ALBANY -- Students in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Criminal Justice program practiced all aspects of a criminal case during a recent project that had them executing a mock fight, mock arrest, mock booking and yes, mock trial.  Adrienne Rickson’s Criminal Justice juniors and seniors took part in the project using a combination of information gleaned from a presentation earlier in the month by Albany Police Officer Joe Aquaviva and their own work and studies.  On Friday, the students conducted the trial with – in the junior class - Ganon Riordon of Niskayuna serving as the prosecutor, James Gregoire of Cohoes, the victim, Cole Cepiel of Cohoes serving as the defense attorney, Austin Matson of Niskayuna, the defendant and Logan Kelly of Shenendehowa overseeing the case as the judge. Other students in the class served various roles, from jurors to witnesses.    “It was fun to role play and learn about the various parts of what goes into an arrest and a trial,” said Gregoire.  “It’s a fun way to learn,” added Cepiel.  Rickson said the project helps students – some of whom have never been to a trial or seen a trial even on television – put all the concepts of the criminal justice system together

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